Current 55th GRAMMY-nominated DJ Kaskade was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Kaskade discussed his 55th GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Fire & Ice, the changing perception of the dance/electronica genre and the healing power of music, among other topics. Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"The GRAMMY nomination is cool because it's kind of like my peers recognizing me and my music," said Kaskade. "The GRAMMYs are driven by fellow musicians, artists and producers, so instead of record sales or what's popular, it means a lot … to see that my peers have recognized what I've done."
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Born Ryan Raddon in Chicago, Kaskade began his career as a DJ and producer in Salt Lake City and New York. After relocating to San Francisco, he began working at dance/electronica label OM Records, where he currently serves as A&R director. His first solo effort, It's You, It's Me, was released in 2003. In The Moment was released in 2004, followed by 2006's Love Mysterious, which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. Strobelite Seduction was released in 2008 and peaked at No. 7, followed by 2009's The Grand (No. 9) and 2010's Dynasty (No. 4). The latter was Kaskade's first release to crack the Billboard 200.
Released in November 2011, Fire & Ice is a double album featuring guest artists such as Skylar Grey, Skrillex and Neon Trees, among others. The album peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and earned Kaskade his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.